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Revolution at the Gates : Zizek on Lenin, the 1917 Writings - V.I. Lenin

Revolution at the Gates

Zizek on Lenin, the 1917 Writings

By: V.I. Lenin, Slavoj Zizek (Editor)

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Published: 17th June 2004
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The idea of a Lenin renaissance might well provoke an outburst of sarcastic laughter. Marx is OK, but Lenin? Doesn't Lenin stand for the big catastrophe which left its mark on the entire twentieth-century world political scene, for the Real Socialist experiment which culminated in an economically inefficient dictatorship? Lenin, however, deserves wider consideration than this, and his writings of 1917 are testament to a formidable political figure. They reveal his ability to grasp the significance of an extraordinary moment in history - his instinctive understanding of the unique revolutionary chance. Everything is here, from Lenin-the-ingenious-revolutionary-strategist to Lenin-of-the-enacted-utopia. To use Kierkegaard's phrase, what we can glimpse in these writings is Lenin-in-becoming: not yet Lenin-the-Soviet-institution, but Lenin thrown into an open, contingent situation. Slavoj Zizek's major introduction situates the 1917 writings in their historical context, and tackles the key question of whether Lenin can be reinvented in our era of 'cultural capitalism'. Zizek is convinced: whatever the discussion - the forthcoming crisis of capitalism, the possibility of a redeeming vio

" i ek's prose style has a rebellious and highly compelling side that brushes up against the most critical intellectual trends of our day like cultural studies, contemporary feminism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism." Ha'aretz "A return to Marx may be acceptable today... But a repetition of Lenin?... Perhaps i ek's return to Lenin is merely tactical, figurative even. He can't be serious, van he?... i ek claims that Lenin's act, 'his choice', continues to speak to thos of us on the left today. Faced with our current conceptual deadlock, we must have the courage, the nerve to risk isolation, self-annihilation even, in order to offer a real alternative to the false oppositions recuperated by and churned out for our consumption by the image industry of late capitalism... The postmodernists and liberal multiculturists, today's Bernateins and Kautskys - our contemporary Plekhanovs and Martovs, beware!" Bad Subjects

ISBN: 9781859845462
ISBN-10: 1859845460
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition